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Celebrating worldwide sensation BeBe Zahara Benet, the first ever winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, this decade-spanning documentary introduces audiences to Marshall Ngwa, the creative force behind the glamour. Being BeBe traces Benet’s early years growing up in a deeply homophobic Cameroon to gaining prominence on the local amateur drag scene in Minneapolis. Shot over a period of 15 years, long before Benet’s cultural ascendance and television stardom, the film offers an intimate backstage look at the life of one of the most singular and iconic drag queens working today.


Images' Virtual Cinema is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    93 minutes
  • Language
    English, French
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Emily Branham
  • Producer
    Marc Smolowitz
  • Executive Producer
    Jonathan Goodman Levitt
  • Co-Producer
    Bat-Sheva Guez
  • Cast
    BeBe Zahara Benet